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Yoga — Start from the Bottom!

The feet are the foundation of the body

by Jan 8, 2016

If you have tried yoga, you know how demanding some of the poses can be. If you haven’t, try it! Yoga is a great way to de-stress and build your strength. However, you will need to strengthen your feet! This is especially true for people who have flat feet.

Yoga is all about balance. There are many different types of poses, several of which require your feet to be firmly planted on the ground. In order to correctly draw strength for your core and your whole body, your feet must be able to bear the weight of your body. With flat feet, some yoga poses may not be as easy to support as weight is not distributed correctly.

The feet are the foundation of the body, and when the feet are not properly set, the body cannot find proper placement. One yoga journal describes this relationship as that between tires and a car. When your tires become flat, they cannot support the weight of the car and cannot move the car forward. Strengthening your feet will allow you to have the best form while you practice, giving you the best you can get out of the exercise. It is important to understand the impact that your feet and ankles have when being athletic, especially in a practice that requires very tight poses and subtle balances.

For more information about your feet, make an appointment with our office today, we can give you specialized care and instructions on how to strengthen and protect your feet when being active. Call the Hillsboro office at (503) 648-1713, the Newberg office at (503) 538-0466 or the Beaverton office at (503) 292-9252. Or request an appointment online.

K.G. Gauntt, DPM

 

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